Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 19

By January 19, 2009General

Today is a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Day. Change occurs tomorrow, according to Article II of the U.S. Constitution. Also this week, more people will read the $850 billion House spending bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, stimulating a policy debate.

The National Association of Manufacturers sponsors a Leadership Luncheon today at the JW Marriott, with new Virginia Senator Mark Warner speaking. Many representatives of NAM member companies are on hand, and will join us for a parade watch on Tuesday. Welcome.

Barack Obama is sworn into office Tuesday as the 44th President of the United States of America. For details of the day’s events, please visit the official Congressional website, the District of Columbia website, and for transportation purposes, Metro’s site. The Washington Post’s “Inauguration Central” is a good resource, as well.

Congress convenes Tuesday for the swearing-in, the Senate returns that afternoon and the House on Wednesday. The Senate floor debate will concentrate on the S. 181, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the House will consider the H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and Accountability Act. For the week’s Congressional schedule, including the list of hearings, see Friday’s Daily Digest, and House Weekly Leader.

House hearings: The Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday marks up legislation to delay implementation of digital TV. On Thursday the committee considers the economic stimulus bill. Ways & Means marks up H.R. 598, the revenue portion of the stimulus bill. (Details.) The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday considers infrastructure investment.

Senate hearings: The Budget Committee on Wednesday considers “short- and long-term budget challenges.” Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday will “examine the financial crisis and the breakdown of financial governance.” Otherwise, confirmation hearings, including Wednesday’s Finance Committee on Timothy Geithner to be Treasury Secretary, and Commerce on Ray LaHood to be Transportation Secretary.

Executive Branch: Tuesday, January 20th: Happy 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Day!

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